Risks to Sustaining Climate Action: Why Securing Clean Energy Supply Chains Requires A Global Perspective

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Climate Advisers analysis of US efforts to shore up clean energy manufacturing and critical mineral supply chains finds significant gaps in current policy and recommends foreign policy actions to enhance US global leadership ahead of the G7 summit.

As the world shifts towards clean energy policymakers in the US have increased their efforts to boost production and supply for domestic consumption. While such efforts are important, more needs to be done at the international level to prevent supply chain disruptions affecting other countries from hindering global climate progress.

A narrowly domestic approach to secure clean energy supply chains may jeopardize the global clean energy transition by overlooking  potential risks that trade wars, international conflicts, and other threats pose to other countries’ climate efforts. As the US accounts for less than 14% of global emissions, even a complete clean energy transition at home is not enough to achieve global climate goals and avoid negative climate impacts. To prevent this the United States must work with the international community to increase the security of clean energy supply chains all over the world, thereby enabling all countries committed to climate action to implement ambitious climate policy measures.

Climate Advisers’ research finds that there are no international institutions or efforts aimed at securing key clean energy supply chains for all countries committed to climate action. After detailing the risks that exist for clean energy supply chains today, the report offers new U.S. foreign policy recommendations to achieve global clean energy security. Download this report to learn more about these risks and how the U.S. can lead on a global stage to ensure clean energy security can be met for a global transition.